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    DescriptionAt an excavation of the Great Aztec Temple in Mexico City, amid carvings of skulls and a dismembered warrior goddess, David Carrasco stood before a container filled with the decorated bones of infants and children. It was the site of a massive human sacrifice, and for Carrasco the center of fiercely provocative questions: If ritual violence against humans was a profound necessity for the Aztecs in their capital city, is it central to the construction of social order and the authority of city states? Is civilization built on violence? In "City of Sacrifice, "Carrasco chronicles the fascinating story of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, investigating Aztec religious practices and demonstrating that religious violence was integral to urbanization; the city itself was a temple to the gods. That Mexico City, the largest city on earth, was built on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, is a point Carrasco poignantly considers in his comparison of urban life from antiquity to modernity. Majestic in scope, "City of Sacrifice" illuminates not only the rich history of a major Meso american city but also the inseparability of two passionate human impulses: urbanization and religious engagement. It has much to tell us about many familiar events in our own time, from suicide bombings in Tel Aviv to rape and murder in the Balkans.


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    Title
    City of Sacrifice
    Subtitle
    The Aztec Empire and the Role of Violence in Civilization
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Carrasco
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 205 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 320 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780807046432
    ISBN 10: 0807046434
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.0
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK, JHMC
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC subject category V2: HRQ
    Ingram Theme: CULT/LATAME
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25470
    BISAC V2.8: SOC005000
    B&T Approval Code: A31453000, A33200000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEXICN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS025000
    DC22: 972.01
    BISAC V2.8: SOC051000, HIS002000
    DC21: 972.018
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Beacon Press
    Imprint name
    Beacon Press
    Publication date
    08 December 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Boston, MA
    Author Information
    David L. Carrasco is professor of history of religions at Princeton University. Author and editor of many books, he is editor in chief of the "Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures." He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
    Review quote
    A brilliant, provocative, timely, and eternal book.... We know that power, whatever its origin-sacred, natural, ethnic, contractual, or democratic-is an expression of violence. David Carrasco now demonstrates a shattering, unsentimental truth: civilizations themselves are born and maintained by violence. --Carlos Fuentes